2015 Distinguished Alumni
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Kim Anderson, Class of 1973
The Alumni Committee of the Sedalia School District Foundation has selected Kim Anderson as their 2015 Distinguished Alumni honoree. Kim graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1973. He is described as a humble man of great character and integrity who continues to be proud of his roots as a small town Missouri boy by those who nominated him. He is passionate about working hard to become better at all his endeavors and passes that passion on to those he works with.
Kim Anderson was hired as the 18th men’s basketball coach in Mizzou history on April 28, 2014. The two-time Mizzou graduate (1979, ‘81) earned 2014 NABC National Coach of the Year honors after leading the University of Central Missouri to the 2014 NCAA Division II title.
Anderson has quickly gotten to work in Columbia with a vision for building a winning program centered on strong character on and off the court. The Tiger head coach’s 2015-16 squad will predominantly feature underclassmen who all represent crucial bricks in the program’s foundation.
Anderson spent 12 seasons in total at UCM and won nearly 75 percent of his games over a decade-plus worth of work. Anderson went 274-95 (.743) during that span and finished his career ranked among the Top 10 in career winning percentage all-time at the NCAA Division II level. In addition to his consistent winning approach, Anderson helped the Mules collect league and national hardware, winning or sharing six Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) regular season conference titles and advancing to seven NCAA Tournaments. The Mules advanced to three Final Fours under his watch, reaching the national semifinals in 2007 and 2009 before defeating West Liberty, 84-77, in the 2014 title game.
In addition to being one of the Top 10 winningest coaches in Division II history, Anderson resigned his spot in Warrensburg as the school’s all-time winningest coach. He led the Mules to three 30-win seasons, the only 30-win seasons in school history. He finished above .500 his 11 finals seasons and won 20 games seven times in 12 years, finishing among the MIAA’s top three in the league standings nine times over his final 10 seasons.
Anderson spent 11 seasons on staff at Mizzou over two stints (1982-85 and 1991-99) and served six years as an assistant coach at Baylor (1985-91) under Gene Iba. Anderson was first a graduate assistant for Stewart from 1982-85 and helped the program to the 1983 Big Eight title, the program’s fourth straight, before taking his first full-time assistant coaching role with the Bears two years later.
In Waco, Texas, Anderson and Iba teamed to help Baylor to its first NCAA Tournament in 38 years in 1988 and returned to Missouri in a full-time capacity three seasons later, serving as an assistant coach for five more NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1993-94 squad that finished 14-0 in conference action and won the Big Eight Championship. That team earned a No. 1 seed in the 1994 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
As a player, Anderson embodied what it means to be a student-athlete at Mizzou. He graduated from Missouri with degrees in education in 1979 and in 1981 (Masters). He was an Academic All-Big Eight selection in 1975 and 1977. He helped Mizzou win its first Big Eight crown under the Hall of Famer Stewart in 1976 and was the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1977, averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He finished his Tiger career with 1,289 points, currently No. 24 all-time in program history, and his final two seasons saw Mizzou win 20 games in back-to-back years for just the second time ever.
Anderson went on to be drafted in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, playing 21 games for the late Dr. Jack Ramsey during the 1978-79 season. He later completed his professional playing career in Italy and France until returning to assist the Tigers in 1982.
Anderson is a member of numerous Hall of Fames around the state of Missouri. He was inducted into the University of Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield in 2005 as a student-athlete. He was later inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments in 2012. In 2006 he was named to the Mizzou Basketball All-Century Team in a fan vote. Most recently, he was honored to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Hall of Fame in 2015.
Prior to taking over the reins at Central Missouri, Anderson worked for three years at the Big 12 Conference, eventually serving as an assistant commissioner for the conference. He was the league liaison for men’s basketball and oversaw the officiating programs and the postseason tournament. Anderson and his wife of 38 years, Melissa, have two sons, Ryan, an Assistant Sports Information Director at North Dakota State and Brett, a 2014 Mizzou graduate and current men’s basketball graduate assistant.
Kim and Melissa are currently the hosts for the 2105 Tigers on the Prowl campaign. Tigers on the Prowl is a charitable organization with a mission to raise funds and awareness for not-for-profit groups in the Columbia, MO area.